Volunteer Respite Manual: Creating Valuable Options for Family Caregivers

Drawing on the experience in volunteer services among ARCH network members, ARCH’s recognized Innovative and Exemplary respite services, and Lifespan Respite grantees and their partners, this step-by-step manual will help national, state and community-based programs and faith-based initiatives assess needs, plan, and implement volunteer respite programs with special guidance on providing volunteer services during the pandemic. It will also assist Lifespan Respite grantees and partners in building respite capacity through volunteer training and recruitment. Topics include: program planning and operations; volunteer recruitment, training and management; performance measurement; policies and procedures; liability and insurance; and marketing. You can download the manual...
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As you explore the ARCH Volunteer Respite Manual, you may find that you need additional resources and information to help you plan or implement your community volunteer respite program. We have gathered samples of job descriptions, volunteer application forms, orientation checklists, volunteer interview questions, background check forms, reference forms, policies and procedures, training resources and more. This list of resources will continue to be updated and new resources added as they become available.

Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Models

To find examples of volunteer and faith-based respite services, visit ARCH's Innovative and Exemplary Respite Services, and the ARCH Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Learning Collaborative.

See also ARCH's Respite and the Faith Community and Volunteer Respite: Roadmap to Resources.

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Sample Confidentiality Agreements for Information About Clients

These samples are provided for educational purposes only and should not be considered legal or other professional advice. The Nation al Council of Nonprofits encourages nonprofits to seek the advice…

Sample Volunteer Evaluation of Assignment

Source: From NC Handbook of Volunteer Management, 1991. As printed in North Carolina Respite Care Coalition, Lifespan Respite: An Information Guide for Developing, Recruiting, Training and Retaining Volunteers, 2011

Watson Institute CareBreak – Impact of Respite Retrospective Outcome Survey

Developed by the Watson Institute CareBreak Volunteer Respite Program for children with disabilities A pre- and post retrospective survey for use with families matched with a volunteer for approximately 4-6…

Senior Companion Volunteer Position Descriptions

Senior Companions serve adults with physical, emotional, or mental health limitations, especially older persons, in an effort to achieve and maintain their highest level of independent living. Senior Companion volunteers…

Masterpiece Ministries Volunteer Training

Powerpoint presentation from Masterpiece Ministries

Best Practices in Volunteer and Faith-based Respite

At a meeting of the ARCH Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Learning Collaborative, two State Lifespan Respite grantee partners shared best practices in volunteer and faith-based respite activities.  Elaine Whitford, Executive…

Easterseals Respite Services Registration Form – Little Warriors

A sample respite services registration form for Little Warriors, Easterseals volunteer respite program.

Sample Drug Free Workplace Policy

Source: Agency Council on Coordinated Transportation (ACCT), Washington State, to Best Practices (2013)

The CareBreak Program Respite Volunteer Interview Questions

From the CareBreak Respite Program at the Watson Institute